Tiruchirappalli also called Trichy is the fourth largest city of Tamil Nadu. The transportation centre of the state, this city has been ranked first among 12 cities selected from Tamil Nadu. Jones Lang Lasalle Consultants have been entrusted with the responsibility of assisting the civic body in formulating the Smart City Challenge Mission Proposal.
It is the fourth largest municipal corporation and the fourth largest urban agglomeration in the state which is located close to the geographic centre of the state. Each city has to formulate its own unique vision, mission and plan as part of the smart city challenge. Only 24 cities would be eligible for funding in the first year based on their proposals. Tiruchirappalli City has been selected on the basis of basic infrastructure such as water supply, electricity, sanitation, waste management, transport, parking, energy, housing, IT solutions, safety and security. An integrated bus stand, improved underground and storm water drainage system, better public transport system topped the list of requirements from the city’s residents. The smart city vision as described by the city is;
“Transforming Tiruchirappalli, the heart of the state’s transportation network into the ‘Transportation Hub of Tamil Nadu’ with state-of-art infrastructure, enhanced inter and intra city connectivity and excellent quality of life with clean, green, safe and pedestrian friendly environment, taking inspiration from its cultural and historic heritage to create a strong economy based on Tourism, education and industries””
Broad classifications under preferences are as follows:
• Thillai Nagar, Rockfort – 55%
• NSB Road, Puthur – 20%
• Urayur, Ammamandabam– 20%
• Other Areas – 05%
Pan city solutions:
• Physical Infrastructure – 33%
• Urban Mobility and Public Transportation– 32%
• Waste Reduction – 15%
• Other Sectors – 20%
Areas for retrofitting:
• Gandhi Market
A detailed survey was conducted to highlight issues specific to the above mentioned areas. Respective solutions, efficient and suitable, adorn the proposal brief as submitted by the city.
The draft for the city proposal can be reviewed here.